This past spring, I was commissioned to crochet a christening blanket for my cousin before he was born. My aunt was the first person to ever ask me to hook for money, and I was delighted that she asked me. I completed the blanket and brought it to her house, and she loved it! (As I am typing this, I just now realized that I forgot to take a picture of it, which is a shame, because that blanket was absolutely beautiful!) My sweet husband asked me while I was making it why I don't just start a business. This was not the first time he had asked me this, but it was the first time that I actually thought about it. Why didn't I go into business for myself? I love to sit and watch TV while I play with yarn, but yarn gets pricey after a while. Even if I barely made any sales, it would at least help pay for my yarn addiction. I spent this summer creating items for inventory, testing new patterns, tweaking old ones, trying to decide what I thought would sell.
My daughter decided to join in on the fun, and asked me if she crocheted some things, would I sell them? I told her that it would depend on the quality of workmanship. Straight Hooked is all about quality. She got to work creating some of the most magnificent plush characters I have ever seen. Honestly, I could be doing the "Mom Goggles" thing, but I really don't think I am. Her amigurumi creations are absolutely amazing! She has now created over 20 different characters, though some still need a bit of tweaking before she is ready to release them into the world. She has also written patterns, which will be available in the near future. The kid amazes me, and I am delighted to be able to offer a wider selection in the store because of her talent!
Which brings me to the aforementioned busyness. I had a room full of inventory to photograph, social media to start up, a website to launch, and yarn to play with. I wanted to launch the business in August. Didn't happen. September? Nope. October? Yeah, kinda. I got a handful of my pictures done and decided to go ahead and start making my presence known on social media, even though I did not have the website ready to launch yet. I started a facebook page and an Instagram account and invited a few friends to "like" me. Before I knew it, I was already getting orders. In my first week since announcing that Straight Hooked was going to be a thing, I received orders to make 16 items!
StraightHooked.com went live a little over a week ago. I still have pictures to take, more adjusting of the website to do, and yarn to play with. I am a little overwhelmed, but so encouraged that I am already so busy and I haven't even advertised yet! I'll just keep plugging away, one stitch at a time.